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Five Takeaways as 'Sex Tape' Flops, Summer Top Ten Box Office Continues Downward Spiral

The summer box office downward spiral continues, with another big drop. The Top Ten grossed $130 million compared to $174 million last year; 2014 is down 6% from 2013. What gives?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 20, 2014 4:23 PM
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Career Watch: Stealth Rising Star Jason Clarke Breaks Out in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

It is not easy being a mere mortal pitted against a population of spectacular CG-enhanced and motion-capture simians. But Jason Clarke does our species proud as Malcolm, the human emissary who seeks a peaceful co-existence with the genetically evolved beasts who now have the upper paw in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 14, 2014 2:37 PM
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Serkis and Weta Talk Photo-Real Performance Capture for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

From the outset, with that tight close-up of Caesar's face, it's clear that Andy Serkis and Weta Digital have taken performance capture to a whole new realm of photo-reality The detail and emotional intensity are extraordinary. We're not even aware that Caesar is CG anymore. We are totally immersed in the moment and from there it just gets better as we witness the complexity of Caesar's epic struggle.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 11, 2014 12:05 PM
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Matt Reeves Brings a New 'Dawn' to 'Planet of the Apes'

No "Apes" director has gone through the looking glass to explore the human condition as ambitiously as Matt Reeves. As a result, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the smartest and most compelling kind of summer tentpole, with Andy Serkis delivering his most powerful performance as Caesar, and Weta Digital making a quantum leap in performance capture. We are totally immersed in Caesar's struggle to prevent war with humanity, and forget that we're watching a CG character.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 4, 2014 7:26 AM
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Five Things I Learned from 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP, VIDEO)

Going into last week's Fox screening of 3D sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," I was both eagerly anticipating and slightly skeptical.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2014 4:57 PM
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WATCH: Visually Stunning New Trailer for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Unleashed

A new, plot-heavy trailer has landed for the hotly anticipated summer tentpole "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," sequel to 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2014 12:05 PM
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WATCH: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Cast Gets Ape-Schooled in New Featurette

What goes into turning an actor into an ape? New York Times' Melena Ryzik is on the case in this new featurette that follows "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" stars Judy Greer and Toby Kebbell as they lean into their inner simian.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 2, 2014 12:59 PM
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Motion Capture Maestro Andy Serkis Talks 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Andy Serkis came to Stuttgart on Wednesday and Europe's premier computer graphics conference, FMX, finally got a taste of star power after nearly 20 years. It probably could've done without the heavy security, though, as Fox took every precaution to prevent online piracy. The performance capture guru showed the same footage from "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" that was glimpsed at WonderCon last week, and discussed the continuing evolution of his digital craft.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 24, 2014 2:05 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' Starring Clarke, Oldman, Russell and Serkis

A first trailer has arrived for Matt Reeves' "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," starring Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2013 12:49 PM
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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' EXCLUSIVE SECRETS REVEALED: Matt Reeves Gives Comic-Con Preview

I get on the phone with Reeves a few days ahead of his ritual trek to San Diego for Fox's Saturday Hall H panel at Comic-Con. Although Reeves has been shooting "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in Louisiana and Vancouver since March, with only a few more weeks to go, he won't have much to show, he says, as the Weta effects are still a long way from being complete. In fact Fox pushed the release date back to July 2014 so that all his crazy ambitious visual ideas could be fully realized with on-location motion capture shot in 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2013 7:38 PM
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